Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo

Evangelion: 3.0 You Can (Not) Redo ★★★★★

At long last, to bear witness... so, when 3.0 originally released, I knew very little except that it diverged wildly from the original series. Not wanting to have to wait the (at the time) three more years for the fourth film, I vowed I wouldn't watch 3.0 until the whole saga was wrapped up.

Now, nine years later, I can finally cross this threshold. Somehow, I managed to avoid pretty much all details in that time...

And what a bleak vision to reward my patience! A dead world, an inversion of allegiances, a scheme eerily familiar yet still wrapped in uncertainty. The aftermath of the End presenting an array of fresh, bizarre, and harrowing imagery.

Shinji, once again the linchpin who strains and fractures against the weight of the human psyche... still a pawn on the shogi board of his father's esoteric (yet all too achingly understandable) obsession. Kaworu creeping in, showing Shinji true connection and love, or a very convincing performance of it, anyway. Rei, her true nature finally writ large and clear, what can be done to rehabilitate her?

God, I would have been upset seeing the cliffhanger ending of this chapter and then hearing over and over again that 3.0+1.0 was being further delayed. What a hopeless frame to end on, and realizing there was a very real possibility Anno might not ever manage to finish this thing!

But, I don't have to worry about that anymore. I finally have a new End to look forward to. I honestly have no idea what to expect, and it's as thrilling a feeling as I've had with this series since I first saw it.